Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 1Thessalonians5:1,2NIV
It’s the difference between a surprise and a shock. When a husband books a table at his wife’s favourite restaurant, and arranges for her favourite flowers to be presented, that’s a nice surprise. But if that same husband phones his wife, and starts with the words, “Don’t worry honey, I’m at A&E but I’m ok….” that is a shock! Both are unexpected, but one is a pleasant experience, while the other is certainly not! We all would prefer the surprise over the shock any day!
These verses tell us clearly that when Jesus returns, some will be happily surprised, but many will find it a real shock. The Christian, like everyone else, doesn’t know when the Lord will return, but he or she knows He will keep His promise. The person who has hidden from this truth will be shocked to the core because we will all enter our eternal destination, and all the excuses in the world won’t help.
Because the Bible is so clear about this, do not believe or give time to any so called religious leader who claims to have figured it out. The Jehovah’s Witnesses to name just one have had a few failed attempts to guess the date, and you will be aware of others who did the same. These sects and leaders are charlatans.
I would suggest that the bigger question and greatest concern is not whether we know the time and date when Jesus will return, but if we are ready for that great event? For some it will come as a dreaded shock, while for others a happy surprise. Where do you and I stand then?